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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

captbob2002 Re:Local testing works? (770 comments)

screw fines - passed along to consumer. JAIL TIME for those that hire the undocumented.

3 days ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

captbob2002 Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

...Most of the Interstate is supported by fuel taxes. Fuel taxes are paid for by drivers.

Who are not now paying enough into the system (highway trust fund) to keep it solvent due to the combination of rising costs for maintenance and rebuilding of the highway system and the loss of revenue generated by the fuel taxes as cars have grown more efficient. At some point fuel taxes will need to be raised, tolls imposed, or more money from elsewhere in the budget shifted to highways. That'll be a fun fight to watch and the roads and bridges crumble

about a week ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

captbob2002 Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (526 comments)

That's an interesting alternate history you've concocted there. So robber-barons, child labor, rampant pollution, and killing workers the attempted to stand up for themselves is you idea of the best the United States ever was?

about a week ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

captbob2002 Re:Microsoft's only commodity is ... (300 comments)

Once upon a time a company that made a decent product and treated its customers (and employees) well didn't have to worry about their stock prices.

about a week ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

captbob2002 Re:Too bad. (236 comments)

Personally, I think if autonomous cars can be proven to be safe and reliable, there will be a virtual tsunami of adoption by the buying public.

The lemmings can have them. What is the real push for autonomous cars? It is not safety. It is so you can be trapped in a metal and glass bubble and pay FULL attention to your infotainment system which will be delivering advertisements to you for the bulk of your ride. No thank you.

about three weeks ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

captbob2002 Re:Slow Industry (236 comments)

Not all of us toss out our automobile when the newest model with its whizz-bang new options comes around. I'm still working on the third 100,000 mile cycle on my 1991 chevy truck. If I haven't gotten rid of it yet I won't be doing it just to get a USB port. Cars cost too much to replace due to fashion....unless you buy into (ha) the permanent car payment scam known as leasing.

about three weeks ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

captbob2002 Re:Backups (564 comments)

...Universities tend to have important data that absolutely cannot be backed up in any normal way. Data that is legally obligated to stay on one specific computer in one specific room and never leave; under penalty of legal action.

Hate this. Why keep the data where it can be encrypted and backed-up? Why keep it in a secure location as opposed to the Primary Investigator's (PI) office? Gah.

about 2 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

captbob2002 Re:The best part... (164 comments)

State wide we are being strongly encouraged to find alternatives to Adobe products. Adobe told the university system to eff-off and well as a state consortium of CIOs for state agencies.

fine by me, they are being assholes.

about 2 months ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

captbob2002 Re:GM should've died (357 comments)

Yes, pure luck. A gentle breeze in 2006 could have blown Ford into bankruptcy - there were that close. Ford executives made clear at that time and for a couple years afterwards that they could very well approach the government for financial assistance. If Chrysler and/or GM went down it would have taken Ford as well: supplier networks are very intertwined these days.

about 4 months ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

captbob2002 Re:Pay more in taxes (time to bitch) (409 comments)

You really don't understand how unions and contracts work, do you? It is not about protecting the poorest workers - why would any union member want to do that? It makes more work for everyone else and makes all look bad. It is about making sure the contract is followed (especially language pertaining to discipline and dismissal) in each and every case.

If a lousy worker is being kept around it is because a manager somewhere is too lazy to do their job and get rid of the worker.

Too many would rather pawn-off a bad worker on another department or group rather than document the problems, attempt corrective actions, and dismiss the worker if that action doesn't improve performance.

about 4 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

captbob2002 Re: The important question is (330 comments)

Pretty common if you were driving a 1971 Vega with its unsleeved aluminum block and cast iron head and ran with it low on oil and low on coolant as so many of them did back in the day.

These days cars require so little maintenance that many folks don't even bother with the tasks they should perform. Change the timing belt? Why? the car still runs.

about 4 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

captbob2002 Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (712 comments)

So speaks the 1%, or the 1% wanna' be. Did we forget the 11 times Reagan raised taxes or how high he ran up the nation debt or how he declared open season on workers by crushing PATCO -and middle-class wages have stagnated ever since regardless of how productive the workers become or how much profit corporations rake in?

about 4 months ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

captbob2002 Re:Please.... (321 comments)

perhaps they'll just go "old school" and park em in front o a TV set.

Already got burned by something like this when a nephew stayed with us for a few days. Children can be more clever than non-parents expect.

about 4 months ago
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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

captbob2002 nothing...then I found something to watch. (146 comments)

Was zero - but then the kid got a Wii, we piped Amazon Prime through it, and I discovered "Fringe." Since I am part-way through season 4 my viewing time will drop to next to nothing in the not too distant future...on this timeline anyway.

about 5 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Tenure? (399 comments)

A) Violating their contracts by firing some teachers that happen to be fucking up our children. .

Don't be an idiot. Follow the contract which has provisions (Yes, they ALL do) to get rid of the bad teachers. If the school administrators will not do their jobs FIRE them and hire some that will. Same for the school board.

Too many bad administrators and school board members hiding behind the teacher's union contract - not bad teachers being protected by it

You don't need to set-up the bad teachers for a lawsuit that they'd win by shredding their contract.

The union and its members do NOT want poor performers in their ranks, why the hell would they? But they will, and must fight tooth and nail to protect their contract.

about 6 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Suing won't help (399 comments)

The administrators concerned retired comfortably without consequences to their careers.

Really retired? Too often around here they "retire" to collect their pension, than are re-hired at an even larger salary while they collect their pension. We have pay so much to lure them back so we can continue to partake of their "experience."

See, such bullshit isn't 't just for Wall Street, it is right there on Main Street, too. The only more egregious double-dippers we have in my state are the twits that run *and get elected) to the state legislature...where they go to fuck-up education even more.

about 6 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

captbob2002 Re:Suing won't help (399 comments)

Which is precisely why the education of those who will inherit our future shouldn't be left up to the whims of self-serving narcissistic union leaders.

Looks like the fedora-wearing, big-boss union leader/gangster canard is out again. 1973 called and they want their generalization back.

The local union members elect their local union leaders from within their own ranks.

about 6 months ago

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